NEW YORK, - The UN General Assembly is to hold a plenary meeting on the situation in Syria on Thursday, Oct 20, based on a request from Canada, on behalf of 70 member states.

Kuwait is among the 70 states that called in a joint letter on UNGA President, Peter Thomson, to immediately invite a plenary meeting, concerning the humanitarian tragedy that continues to unfold in Syria.

The letter expresses the signatories' deep concern that the international community has failed to address the overwhelming humanitarian needs of Syrians.

The letter also stressed that, the General Assembly has also failed to halt the attacks against civilian targets in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.

"The failure, in this case, by the United Nations Security Council, to carry out its responsibilities for the maintenance of international peace and security in Syria is troubling," the signatories say in their letter.

They highlighted that, the General Assembly has responsibilities which should be exercised in regard to the maintenance of international peace and security. The victims of this tragedy deserve action, starting with a cessation of hostilities and immediate humanitarian access, allowing for a resumption of political talks and unhindered access.

Allowing the entire UN membership to address this issue, in accordance with the UN Charter, the signed countries believe that such a meeting is an important first step for Member States, to explore concerted action to apply pressure on the parties to the violence and, ultimately, protect the lives of those innocent civilians, who remain in harm's way. Therefore, this meeting would also assist Member States in determining whether to call for an Emergency Special Session of the General Assembly.

Thomson arranged for briefings by the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, and his Special Envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, at the planned meeting.

Source: Nam News Network